I bought this Ducati 250 in 2007 or ‘8 as a pretty stock and original bike that ran OK. My goal was to redo it and upgrade it for competing in the Moto Giro. And that’s what I did. I succesfully raced this Ducati single for a few years before retiring it. I then occasionally rode it on the streets and entered a few local bike shows where it was always the center of attention. It started out as a square fendered Monza 250. I removed the fenders, side covers, headlight and tank. I replaced the front fender with a smooth round steel one, replaced the tank with a different cafe racer style one, and the rear fender with a fiberglass front fender I had in the garage. The seat was removed and we fabricated a simple mounting bracket for the racer fiberglass solo bump seat. If you are looking for a perfect garage art bike, this could be it, but you need to spend some time cleaning and refitting a number of components. I replaced the old rusty steel wheels with a fresh set made for me by Buchanan’s. A pair of matched Excel WM2 (1.85) x 18″ 36H shouldered and stainless steel spokes (over $500 just for the wheels). The front tire has lots of life left in it. The rear one is starting to show wear but can probably still be safely ridden on for a while. Rear shocks are the excellent Works Performance suspension. I installed a Gear Gazer to keep an eye on the lubrication of the top end, also because it looks so darned cool. Open velocity stack on the Dellorto carb. The handlebars are low and wide – sportbike style. The clamp holding the bars in placed are cracked but work fine. Aftermarket replacement speedometer and odometer, so no idea how many miles are on this bike. The bike is well sorted, handles even better than stock, has good brakes and comfortable ergonomics. It is very fast. In fact it was one of the fastest bikes in every Moto Giro I competed in. Lights do work, and so does the charging system. Some of the fabrication and mechanical engine work was done by Pete Talabach – a famous Ducati Single and Vincent sidecar racer in New England. After sitting for more than a year, I recently brought it to local bike shop to go over it. They cleaned the carb, fiddled a little with the electrics, and installed a new battery (needs a better mounting system) and it fired right up and ran strong. Good compression, starts easy, shifts well and runs out strong. Handles better than most larger newer bikes.
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Location: Stamford, Connecticut, United States